The Arc/k Project actively promotes, teaches and shares accessible 3D digital documentation methods that empower citizen scientists, volunteers, cultural heritage organizations and indigenous communities to document and archive their own cultural heritage in new and powerful ways, while adhering to ethical practices.
Since 2015, The Arc/k Project has researched ways to democratize digital heritage documentation with partners in Syria, Venezuela, and across the United States.
DEMOCRATIZING DIGITAL HERITAGE DOCUMENTATION
The Arc/k Project has successfully trained local communities how to document and preserve their heritage, in the midst of emergencies and crises. Arc/k has proven in hard hit areas that quality digital cultural preservation can be achieved remotely as long as there is a small team on the ground with basic photographic equipment (cameras, scale bars, color checkers, hard drives, etc). With partners in Syria, Venezuela, and across the United States, Arc/k staff have developed methods of teaching documentation techniques via videoconference. We also have co-facilitated webinars, local heritage workshops and community events. Students, heritage professionals and citizen scientists have learned how to use accessible tools like a smartphone or a DSLR camera to capture heritage in their communities. Our goals are to uphold digital imaging and data standards, provide transparency, and pursue innovative applications for digital heritage preservation.
EDUCATION AND TRAINING
MUSEUMS AND CULTURAL ORGANIZATIONS
Learn more: Syria
In collaboration with Institutional Monuments and Assets of Venezuela (IAM VZ), a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting and preserving the cultural heritage of Venezuela, The Arc/k Project taught on the ground preservationists how to capture objects, monuments, or landscapes in their local communities, amidst the political turmoil and heritage threats. IAM VZ and Arc/k worked with five cultural institutions, five photographers, and two universities across six cities–teaching photogrammetry to over seventy people. The Venezuela collection has grown to over 220 objects from museum collections and monuments at risk, with selections displayed on the Arc/k website, Sketchfab, and the IAM VZ website.
Learn more: Venezuela
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